All Events

There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Roger Hutchinson

Changing Times

Monday 28 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Once every decade since 1801, Britain takes a long, hard look at itself. In The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker, Roger Hutchinson examines what the census has revealed through the years. From its beginnings as a simple head count to an...

John Grindrod

Living on the Edge

Monday 28 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Green Belts serve many purposes but it’s unlikely that many of us could point to exactly where they lie. Bookseller and publisher, John Grindrod, has a personal connection to the issues revolving around these mystery zones. He delves into the creation...

Anne Cholawo & Nell Stevens

Island Misadventures

Monday 28 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Nell Stevens's Bleaker House is her account of searching out, and sadly finding, writerly solitude in the Falklands - a disastrous experience. Proving that getting away from it all can sometimes work, the former London 80s 'career girl' Anne Cholawo,...

Joanne Harris

Norse, Of Course

Monday 28 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Long before Chocolat, bestselling author Joanne Harris was writing other sorts of books. At the age of nine, she had read everything in her local library about Norse myths. Then she started writing about them, and in Runelight she still is, with an...

Loretta Napoleoni

On Terrorism’s Money Trail

Monday 28 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The people-smuggling and kidnapping business in the Middle East is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. In Merchants of Men, journalist and economist Loretta Napoleoni draws on first-hand interviews with hostage negotiators and hostages to show how...

Picture Books as Philosophy Hooks

Stimulating Kids' Curiosity

Monday 28 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do we support the deep thinking and questions of our youngest readers? Children’s authors Alison Murray and Vivian French join Dr Claire Cassidy, from the University of Strathclyde, to explore how picture books can be used to introduce philosophy...

Kapka Kassabova

The Edge of Europe

Monday 28 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Described as 'one of history's well-worn playgrounds', the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was said to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall. Today it's the EU's frontier. Kapka Kassabova's Border is a portrait of...